The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


23 April 2016

Who loves her new greenhouse????

Traditional Victorian style of a Hartley Botanic
In the early morning sun
Well with a Hartley Botanic greenhouse to play in, who's a lucky girl?? The installation chaps did a fab job and their attention to detail was impressive. 
Unwrapping & hanging the vine
The grapevine swathed in horticultural fleece 

We await delivery of staging and additional vine eyes but that didn't stop us moving most of the plants that have been enduring over a month in the conservatory, back into their new home! Because the conservatory only has glass in the atrium, the light levels are far lower than a greenhouse. The consequence of this is weak and leggy growth. Violas, Pelargoniums and others have been pinched pack before being re-homed. We have hung up the poor grape vine with bungy cords whilst waiting for Hartley Botanic to send out more. It now has far more height and and was reluctant to straighten out and take advantage of the extra height. It's spent the past 5 weeks swathed in horticultural fleece whilst exposed to the elements. We really hope it will survive all the frosty night out in the open.
Temporary staging has been made from boarding and carpenters' trestles and most of the day was spent tidying, moving, sweeping and loving this amazing new structure. Considering it stands on the previous footprint, it's so much roomier, lighter and airier and I LOVE it!. There was also time to tidy the veg patch even though there has been no opportunity to actually plant anything yet.

Well done both Chris's and all at Hartley Botanic!!!

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